Health and Safety for Construction and CDM
The Dangers of Working in Construction and CDM Regulations
The construction industry is considered a higher risk area for health and safety and is covered by a wide range of legislation to protect employees, employers and the general public. The term construction includes commercial and domestic clients engaged in a wide range of activity including new build development, demolition, refurbishment, extensions and conversion as well as repairs and ongoing maintenance.
As an employer, you have a duty of care to protect the health and safety of your employees. Within the construction industry-specific risks that need to be assessed and managed to protect your workers can include:
- Working at a height
- Slips, trips and falls
- Operating heavy machinery
Your duty as their employer is to assess and manage those risks as well as ensuring your employees are aware of those risks and how they are being managed, fully qualified for the job they do as well as have access to any necessary equipment including PPE and PAT tested machinery.
It’s not uncommon for construction work to be carried out in a public place whether at someone’s home or in a busy town centre. There is therefore also a duty to protect the health and safety of members of the public by understanding the risks involved and ensuring they are managed correctly which could include:
- Putting up warning signs
- Blocking off specific areas for pedestrian access
For help with assessing the risks involved in any construction project or providing specific tailored health and safety training contact our team on 01666 503686.
Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015
CDM or The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 is legislation that aims to improve health and safety in the industry by enabling construction businesses to:
- plan work so the risks involved are managed throughout every project
- ensure the people used are correctly trained and qualified to do the job
- cooperate and coordinate work with other parties involved in the build process
- be informed about the risks involved and record how they are being managed
- communicate relevant information to all parties
- consult and engage with workers so they are aware of the risks and how they should be managed
These regulations mean that all parties involved in any kind of construction project have legal responsibilities and duties to adhere to. The regulations specifically define a number of “duty holders” or parties as below.
- Client – anyone who has construction work completed on their behalf.
- Designer – anyone whether an individual or business that prepares or modifies designs, drawings or plans and includes architects and quantity surveyors
- Principal Designer – the lead designer when more than one contractor is being used on a project who must manage, monitor and co-ordinate health and safety during the pre-construction phase.
- Contractor – an individual or business that manages or carries out the construction work for the project. Contractors include sub-contractors, sole traders and the self-employed.
- Principle Contractor – the individual or company appointed in writing by the Client to manage the construction phase when multiple contractors are being used. As with the Principal Designer they have responsibility for the planning, management, monitoring and coordination for all health and safety during the construction phase.
- Worker – someone who works for, or under the control of, a Contractor on a construction site.
These complex regulations require all parties within the Construction Process to be fully aware of the regulations, their role and duties. For many, getting help and guidance from experienced Health and Safety Consultants such as Sureteam can ensure compliance and give peace of mind.
“It was nice that Peter recognised our vision and he was attracted to the potential of our company and understood how his services could benefit us moving forward” – Paul Aubrey – Director, Aesum (now Corella Construction).
How can Sureteam help?
Our experienced team at Sureteam have worked with a wide range of companies and individuals within the Construction Industry and can help you across a wide range of areas:
- Risk Assessments
- Site audits
- Staff Training including Highfield Level 1 Award in Health and Safety within a Construction Environment (RQF) and Level 2 Principles of Manual Handling –
- Site inspections
- Working at Heights Training
- COSHH Assessments & Training
- Plant training
- Plant testing
- Competent advice and assistance with the SSiP Scheme
- CITB training courses
- Assistance with RAMS
- Occupational Health assistance ie. Working at Height medicals
If you’re not sure where to go next with your health and safety, or know exactly where to go next but need the experts on your side, give our team a call on 01666 503686 for fill out our contact form and we can work together to find the best solution for you.